Cathy C. Post was born in Texas but spent only three years of her life there before her family moved to
Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mrs. Post stayed in Lake Charles through college,
attending McNeese State University. She graduated with a degree in home
economics and business and went on to teach kindergarten and high school for
several years. However, she learned that “teachers have one of the most
important and difficult jobs in the world—and were not well compensated for
their efforts” and decided that a career change might be in order.
Mrs. Post spent time as a legal secretary for the
district attorney’s office in Lake Charles before moving with her husband and
children to Santa Fe, New Mexico. There she began her twenty-year career as a
secretary at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a job she loved.
After she retired, Mrs. Post began to research Hurricane
Audrey, the 1957 storm that caused so much death and destruction in her hometown
of Lake Charles. Recognizing the need to learn from hurricanes of the past, she
has chronicled the desperate struggles of six families, including her own, to
survive the deadly storm.
Mrs. Post now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her
husband. Although she loves the Southwest, she knows that “the sound of waves
crashing onto the beach will forever draw this Cajun author back to the Deep
South and the Louisiana coast.”